All posts tagged: men’s spa

Spa in the sky: Dubai

Burj Al Arab, arguably, the world’s most luxurious hotel, has taken rejuvenation and wellness to new heights with the launch of male heat and steam spa lounges looking out to the World Islands and Downtown Dubai. Sleek, smart and sophisticated, the new panoramic spaces feature exceptional visibility at all times thanks to a rare fog-proof glass. The steam lounge also has a special crystal frame which, when heated, becomes covered in a veneer of ice, against the exquisite mosaic tiles designed exclusively for Burj Al Arab. It’s all part of the Burj Al Arab’s Talise Spa (formerly Assawan Spa) which provides bespoke treatments designed to match guests’ needs and desires. Located on the 18th floor with uninterrupted views over the Arabian Gulf, the spa offers 14 therapy rooms incorporating the traditional colours of the UAE. Talise Spa is open for both in-house guests and visitors. To further enhance guests’ experience, the steam and sauna lounges have chromotherapy colour light systems increasing energy and relaxation. These new additions further complement the spa’s exquisite panoramic infinity pools …

Spotlight on men: Asia Spa Awards

Three cheers to Asia Spa Magazine which has devoted three categories to men in its current round of spa awards.  Not only does this reflect the growing number of men who visit spas, it gives recognition to the innovators in the spa industry. In my experience very few spas have a great offering that is specific and unique to men. But the ones with a touch of vision and an eye for detail really get do get it right. As more and more men book spa days and spa stays, it’s worth taking a look at the leading lights in the male spa industry. The judging panel includes a range of health experts, spa gurus and well-being writers from from more than ten countries, including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Australia and also include some Asia experts living in the UK and US. Here are the finalists: Men’s Spa of the Year The Barber @ spaQ Sydney, QT Sydney, Sydney, Australia Bliss® Spa, W Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China Chuan Spa …

Spa upgrade at Pennyhill Park

Pennyhill Park, in Bagshot, Surrey, has re-launched its 45,000sq ft luxury spa, following an investment of over £500,000.  The award-winning country house hotel has completely transformed the spa’s decking area, re-landscaping the space to provide additional seating for up to 200 guests around the outdoor pools.  Luxurious loungers and new dining tables and chairs have been introduced to take advantage of the revamped pool bar which now includes a Pimms pump to complement The Spa’s summer barbeque menu. Nice! In addition, the outdoor decking now includes new planting, mood lighting, feature sun sails and parasols for a complete dawn-to-dusk Spa Day experience. The entrance and lobby areas have been upgraded with enw furniture, lighting and colour palette to enhance the arrival experience for hotel guests and members of the spa. Pennyhill Park is famous across the UK and indeed, around the world. An adult-only destination spa with a huge range of spa facilities. It’s big and now has a fresh new look. 21 Treatment Rooms (including 3 double rooms and 1 wet room) Private VIP …

Cowshed spa opens in Selfridges

British spa and lifestyle brand Cowshed is opening its doors in the Selfridges Beauty Workshop, London. Cowshed Selfridges features four manicure and pedicure chairs and two treatment rooms. Each spa treatment uses Cowshed’s signature range of natural and therapeutic products, which have been made in England. It gives yet another location to spa in London. Cowshed launched its first spa in 1998 at Babington House and since then, has locations across London, New York, Miami and Berlin. Here’s a link to the treatment menu: Cowshed Selfridges Treatment menu

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti opens

It’s being touted as Istanbul’s largest hotel and I’m sure it is, as the stats speak for themselves:  34 Floors 829 guest rooms and suites 12,000 square meters of event space 6,350 guests at any one time in the largest pillar free ballroom in the city But it’s the spa that really interests me and the cools brands in the eforea spa. Opening as part of the hotel is Turkey’s first eforea: spa at Hilton, offering more than 3,300 square meters of wellbeing space with 14 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and 500 square metre gym with studio. eforea: spa at Hilton Istanbul Bomonti features globally renowned products (which I have reviewed on the pages of The Spa Man too) such as Kerstin Florian, Vitaman and Alessandro. Guests will be able to enjoy signature treatments such as the eforea Signature Correcting Facial and eforea Signature Full Body Repair, as well as VIP treatments suites featuring Sweet Memory and Bomonti Hammam Dream rituals for couples. The hotel is big, hosts a huge conference centre …

Review: Spa in Dolphin Square, London

THE SPA: The Spa in Dolphin Square pays homage to all things Moroccan. The reception area is part retail area, part waiting room and you know you have arrived in a Moroccan themed spa. Ornate wooden walls and doors, sumptuous panels and fine touches of North African design give this a cosy feel without looking twee. Once through to the changing rooms – its more modern and much more like a typical spa changing area. The rest of the spa keeps the theme going, some places it does it better than others. I liked the relaxation room with huge sofas, lots of reading material and it’s where you can enjoy tea after your treatment. The tea room didn’t quite pull it off so well. There’s a heated relaxation room with warmed loungers – they were really warm. I would alternate between here and the lounge during my day visit. What really sets this day spa apart is the Hammam and Rassoul. It marks it out from the competition and is its true mark of distinction. …

August is all about men at De Vere

For the month of August only, De Vere is offering men 25% off all treatments and products in spas across all De Vere Hotels and Village Urban Resorts. With a variety of treatments on offer, from the ever-popular massages and manicures, to facials and St Tropez spray tans, there has never been a better time to recharge your batteries and give yourself a bit of fine tuning. From what I know of the De Vere group so far (The Grand, Brighton) I am impressed. Each of De Vere’s nine hotels are all unique and not corporate or dull. They are spread across the country from the majestic Scottish Highlands to Brighton beach and are chosen for their distinctive British character, individual style and quirky charm. Properties in the group include: Mottram Hall, The Grand Brighton, Cameron House on Loch Lomond, Carden Park, The Belfry, Oulton Hall, Slaley Hall, Belton Woods and Dunston Hall. Did you know that De Vere is the UK’s premier golf resort brand; operating 19 championship golf courses? So if you like …

Thai spice for your skin

THE STORY: Stick with me on this – yes it does use Thai ingredients and what you really get the most is the lemongrass. But it’s not like ladelling your dinner on your face, it’s like being on a sun soaked beach in Thailand. And it lasts. I tested the Cedarwood & Lemongrass Daily Defence Moisturiser for Men (50ml) by Borealis Natural Skincare whilst on holiday in Sitges. It’s zingy, zesty and if you like lemongrass, you will love this. It’s hydrating enough without leaving the skin claggy or overly oily. THE SCIENCE: It’s a rich, hydrating blend containing cold pressed Rosehip Oil, which is quite well-known for its excellent skin repairing properties, Hempseed and Red Raspberry Seed Oil can help nourish and provide some natural protection from UVA/UVB sun damage. Infused with woody Cedarwood, uplifting Lemongrass and citrus Orange that is ever so subtly complemented with musky Patchouli. I’m not a huge fan of Patchouli – but didn’t really notice it. No parabens, SLS, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, preservatives or additives. THE VERDICT: Nice for …

Review: Pinks Boutique at The May Fair Spa

THE SPA: The May Fair Spa in the heart of London’s West End is a smart, modern day spa on the lower ground floor of the May Fair Hotel that, despite being around for some time, is not showing its age and offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly (just a block away). Attracting hotel and day spa guests, it’s compact, smartly decorated in dark tones, black high gloss finish and mottled marble. With an Asian theme running through the facility, I loved the waterfall walls along the corridor and in particular the relaxation room with heated loungers. Whilst there is no pool (I can excuse that) there’s a shower experience, ice fountain, herbal sauna and aromatic steam room. Whether visiting as a hotel guest or on a day spa package you can easily enjoy a few hours or more of rest and relaxation. THE TREATMENT: I opted for something a bit different from a brand I hadn’t encountered before – the Pinks Boutique Body Delight. A head to toe treatment …

Review: Stoke Park Spa

THE SPA: Stoke Park’s reputation reaches far and wide and I have been aware of the location and spa for most of my writing career – but had never been. So on a grey and wet Friday I hopped on the Slough Express (yes if travelling by train – it’s via Slough) to make my way to the spa (which is easily reached from London). Set in the grounds of a thousand year old estate, Stoke Park was the first ever country club in Britain, founded in 1908. Golf is the main attraction, but for me it was the spa. Set in The Pavillion, it combines heath club, indoor heated pool, relaxation room, Italian marble steam rooms, hair salon, nail bar and relaxation atrium with a five metre tropical aquarium. It is a huge complex, with loads of staff (who were all friendly and attentive) and a great range of treatments. I had a thoroughly good time, enjoyed working out had a great meal and excellent hot stone massage too. There’s a real country club …

Sisley opens ocean side spa

Sisley Paris has just launched a new spa at the Christopher Hotel, St Barths – a new luxurious ocean side spa, that truly offers a tranquil and indulgent escape. You won’t need any encouragement to relax in one of the three ocean facing cabins and soaking up the sea views against this picture-perfect backdrop. Especially whilst experiencing the Sisley Paris Phyto Aromatic treatments that combine massage rituals from around the world that respect local traditions with the power of aromatherapy to reunify body and mind. THE HOTEL: The Christopher is a 42 room boutique hotel  on the tranquil island of St Barts and is nestled between crystal waters and Pointe Milou. The intimate resort offers unrivalled views of the Caribbean Sea and to the neighbouring islands. In 2009 the hotel underwent a complete redesign with immaculate results, combining the simplicity of Creol architecture with a minimalist contemporary design. Treatment: For Men – Le Soin Phyto-Aromatique Facial – hydrates, refhreshes and tones www.hotelchristopher.com

Review: Spa Intercontinental

THE SPA: Spa InterContinental is a stylish urban retreat located on the 1st Floor of the InterContinental London Park Lane that recently launched a range of men’s  “Pit-Stop” treatments designed by non-other than the Grooming Guru himself – Lee Kynaston. The “Pit-Stop” treatment menu delivers a range of fast, effective and fuss-free treatments exclusively for men. They aren’t repackaged facials for women; the treatments have all been uniquely created to address the specific needs of men and male skin. Spa InterContinental is comprised of five treatment rooms and an additional VIP treatment suite suitable for couples and private parties. There are no water or hydro facilities – but the reception area is like a fabulous cocktail lounge – the only difference – you drink herbal tea. THE BRANDS: Elemis, OPI, GHD and Australian Bodycare THE TREATMENT: I chose the Instant Energizing Treatment after enduring a week of poor sleep and to be honest was looking a little worse for wear. I certainly felt pretty damn rough – so there was a lot of expectation riding …

Review: Rockliffe Hall

THE SPA: Nestled in the heart of County Durham, the award-winning Rockliffe Hall is a five star hotel, golf and spa retreat specialising in health and wellness without being pompous or pious. The spa is huge and at 50,000 square feet, it guarantees the luxury of space to relax, unwind and indulge without feeling cramped or overcrowded.  There’s a 20 metre pool, thermal bathing pools, tepidarium, caldarium, roman and heat saunas, tropicarium, hydropool and ice fountain. I simply curled up on a comfy lounge and took a nap looking out across the country estate and golf course. THE BRANDS: Comfort Zone and Dr Murad THE TREATMENT: Designed like a “best of” mega mix treatment, the Body Bliss begins with a gentle foot bath of fragrant water that allows you a little time to stop, breathe and relax whilst enjoying an Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage. You then hop onto the massage bed and a soothing warm oil back massage begins and also uses  warm aromatherapy poultices for deeper relaxation (you get to take these back to …